The Chicago Wine Press recommended Champagne Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2013 and Brut Majeur NV within its annual Champagne report.
Reviewer W. Peter Hoyne informs readers about the vineyard selection and winemaking details for Ayala’s prestige wine, Le Blanc de Blancs 2013. He continues to share his tasting notes of this 100% Chardonnay expression, beginning to explain the nose featuring “delicate white flowers and brioche.” Furthermore, he says, “this finely-tuned Champagne reveals a satiny core of vanilla bean and pastry dough layered with candied citron and ginger. It has fresh acidity and finesse.”
Like the Blanc de Blancs, Hoyne’s overview of Brut Majeur begins with background on the blend and vineyards. In addition to noting subtle yeasty notes, he describes Brut Majeur as “elegant and focused yielding tropical elements of lemon meringue and yellow plums. There is a gentle streak of crushed chalk in the core leading to a well balanced finish.” Read the full review HERE
Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.
Brut Majeur is the epitome of a non-vintage brut from a great, historic House and is the finest ambassador for the House’s freshness and elegance. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, coupled with extended aging in Ayala’s cellars and a low dosage, make this wine suitable for any occasion.
Ayala is one of the most exciting stories in Champagne today, almost the definition of a boutique Champagne producer. Independently owned, a small, young and dynamic team handles every step of production from grape reception to labeling in their jewel of a facility with incredible precision, crafting Chardonnay-focused wines that deliver immense pleasure, freshness, and elegance.